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V & A launches major Horace Walpole exhibition

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A collection of work owned by the son of England's first Prime Minister is going on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Horace Walpole lived in Twickenham in the 18th century and was the son of Sir Robert Walpole.

He collected many things and now some of the work has been brought together for the first time in nearly 170 years.

Walpole is chiefly remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London, where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto.

Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his letters, which are of significant social and political interest.

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